Who will oversee Pasco County's middle schools?
The post of assistant superintendent for middle schools is the one remaining vacancy in Pasco County superintendent Kurt Browning's reorganized administration, as former area superintendent Todd Cluff has moved to a school principal's job.
Half of the candidates come from within the district, with the others living outside Florida. Browning, who likes to promote from within, said he will consider the out-of-state applicants, but acknowledged they would have to demonstrate a strong understanding of Florida's education system.
Up for the post are internal applicants Land O'Lakes High principal Ric Mellin, Gulf Middle principal Jason Joens, Weightman Middle principal Brandon Bracciale and River Ridge Middle principal Marcy Hetzler-Nettles; and external candidates Bret Gibbs, superintendent of an Iowa school district; Christina Stanley, principal of a California high school; Joanne Leichman of Ohio; and Therese Hernandez, no added information available.
Browning is conducting interviews this week, and said he hopes to have the spot filled in time for School Board consideration on Feb. 7.